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Common Predictors of Divorce

Posted on in Divorce

 Illinois divorce attorneyEvery couple hopes that their marriage will last forever. Unfortunately, many couples in their first marriages end up filing for divorce before they reach their five year anniversary. While considering divorce as an option can be incredibly painful, according to the American Psychological Association, there are several factors that can help couples recognize common situations that may signal a divorce.

Unsurprisingly, financial difficulties represent one of the main factors that may indicate a divorce is on the way. The chronic stress that is represented by financial difficulties can cause communication between partners to take a negative turn, making couples more prone to marital dissatisfaction. This is particularly true of low-income couples who do not have a lot of social support from extended family or their community.

Interestingly, another predictor of divorce may be feelings of cold feet before the wedding. A study conducted by researchers at UCLA has shown that women who report premarital anxiety (commonly referred to as "cold feet") before their wedding are more than twice as likely to be divorced four years later. Furthermore, couples whose marital dissatisfaction increased through the first four years of marriage were those who seemed somewhat dissatisfied and unsure of their choice to get married in the first place.

Finally, couples who lacked a sense of adventure in their relationship seemed to be more likely to divorce as well. According to the Early Years of Marriage Project, it is important to maintain a sense of novelty, surprise, and variety. Couples who fail to make an effort to try new and exciting things together may find themselves becoming bored with their relationship.

If you find yourself considering filing for divorce, it is important that you understand how to navigate the legal process. Contact an experienced Illinois divorce attorney today to help you with your case and ensure that your divorce is as smooth as possible for you and your family.

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